Review of the Giant Music Streaming Application on National Music Day

Purwakarta, – Happy National Music Day


“Indonesia is not only rich in language and traditions, but also music and songs. These folk music and songs are a treasure trove of the cultural richness of the Indonesian nation that we must continue to care for and develop to accompany our steps towards progress,” Jokowi tweeted via Twitter. @jokowi, Wednesday (9/3/2022).

Meanwhile, as reported by the Ministry of Education and Culture website, the determination of National Music Day on March 9 began with the selection of the birth date of the great composer from Indonesia, Wage Rudolf Supratman or better known as W. R. Supratman. Some parties say that W. R. Supratman was born on March 9, 1903.

Therefore, the 6th President of the Republic of Indonesia, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, set March 9 as National Music Day through Presidential Decree no. 10 of 2013. The Presidential Decree states that music is a universal and multidimensional cultural expression that represents noble human values ​​and has a strategic role in national development.

Music History

Music is known since the presence of modern humans Homo sapiens, which is about 180,000 to 100,000 years ago. No one knows when humans began to recognize art and music. From archaeological discoveries at locations such as on the African continent, about 180,000 years to 100,000 years ago there have been evolutionary changes in the human brain. With brains that are smarter than animals, humans design more targeted hunting so that they can hunt large animals. With brain abilities like this, humans can think further beyond reason and use imagination and spirituality. Language for communication has been formed between humans. From simple language and speech to warning signs and giving animal names, slowly some vocabulary emerged for naming objects and giving nicknames to people.

In a nomadic life, early humans may have been inspired to take the dry leg bones of the game they eat and then blow on them and make a sound. There are also those who get inspiration when they pay attention to nature by blowing a wooden or bamboo cavity that makes a sound. The wood is formed by blowing holes and becomes an ancient flute.

Humans express feelings of fear and joy by using voices. Playing with the sound creates a song, hymn, or little song verse inspired by the chirping of birds. Hard woods and rocks are beaten to produce exciting sounds and rhythms. Maybe humans had accidentally knocked on the hollow tree trunk inside with the log making a loud sound. Animal skins used as clothing are placed to cover a large wooden cavity so that a drum is created. – wikipedia

Prehistoric Theory

The theory of pre-history of music is based solely on the findings of paleolithic archaeological sites. The flute is a musical instrument that is much preferred in prehistoric times, one of which is shaped like a shakuhachi originating from Japan. There is a Divje Babe flute made from the thighbone of a cave bear, which is thought to have been used around 40,000 years ago. Various types of flutes and musical instruments made of strings or strings have been around since the time of the Indus River Valley Civilization, India, which has one of the world’s oldest musical traditions dating back to the Vedas. The largest and oldest discoveries of prehistoric musical instruments are located in China, which can be traced back to between 7000 and 6600 BC. The Hurricane Songs are a collection of music written in ancient script excavated from the Hurrians in the city of Ugarit which is thought to have existed around 1400 BC.

Streaming Apps

Listening to songs or music can make a person feel more comfortable besides that according to research, listening to music can reduce stress on someone. There are many genres of songs today, such as Hip-hop, Indie, Pop, Rock and Lofi. Now listening to songs is much easier than in the past, now we only have to have a cellphone or smartphone, we can stream music with the help of the internet.

Among the many streaming music, what is interesting to study are the 2 biggest music streaming applications, namely Sportify and Apple Music.

Apple Music and Spotify are two of the biggest names in music streaming. Do you want lossless and spatial audio support? Apple Music is one of them. Love podcasts and want a smart music player for your car? Spotify is as needed.


Spotify is a music and broadcast streaming service based in Sweden and launched on October 7, 2008. The platform is owned by Spotify AB, a company listed on the New York Stock Exchange since 2018 under the company Spotify Technology S.A. based in Luxembourg. Spotify’s global headquarters are in Stockholm, Sweden and the company’s Headquarters is in New York City.

Spotify offers digitally copyrighted music and broadcasts, including more than 70 million songs from record labels and media companies. Spotify operates on freemium, a free feature with ads and limited controls, while additional features, such as offline listening and commercial-free listening, are offered through a paid subscription. Users can search for music by artist, album, or genre, and can create, edit, and share playlists.

Apple Music

Apple Inc. is a multinational technology company based in Cupertino, California, that designs, develops, and sells consumer electronics, computer software, and online services. Apple-manufactured hardware includes iPhone smartphones, iPad tablet computers, Mac personal computers, iPod portable media players, Apple Watch smartwatches, Apple TV digital media players, and HomePod smart speakers. Apple-produced software includes the macOS and iOS operating systems, iTunes media player, Safari web browser, and iLife and iWork creativity and productivity tools, as well as professional applications such as Final Cut Pro, Logic Pro, and Xcode. Its online services include the iTunes Store, iOS App Store and Mac App Store, Apple Music, and iCloud.

Apple Music is a music and video streaming service developed by Apple Inc and released in 2015 as a companion service to the iTunes music store.[1] Apple Music offers a free trial period of three months before a paid subscription that has more features, including listening to songs offline

Spotify vs Apple Music comparison

It is undeniable, Spotify and Apple Music both dominate the music streaming application market. With all the innovations and features offered, their popularity is better than Resso, JOOX, or Shazam.

Spotify itself was developed in Sweden with a founder named Daniel Ek who is rumored to be buying Premier League club Arsenal. While Apple Music is an application from Apple that controls the digital music platform.

Here are some comparisons that can be a reference in determining whether Spotify or Apple Music is better.

1. Music Audio Quality

Basically, the music quality of these two platforms is very good. Moreover, Apple Music and Spotify implement technology that allows users to listen to music comfortably. However, in terms of audio format, both have differences.

Spotify offers variations of three formats, namely 96 kbps, 160 kbps and 320 kbps. While Apple Music uses Advanced Audio Coding with a bitrate of 256Kbps.

From this Spotify vs Apple Music comparison, there really isn’t one that is superior. Because everyone has different tastes. But generally, the higher the bitrate, the more wasteful the quota usage will be.

2. Application View

Next, in terms of appearance, both Spotify and Apple Music carry a dark theme that looks very simple and elegant. What’s more, the navigation menus of the two are also neatly arranged so that it is easy for users to search for music options.

However, there is a reason why Spotify looks better than Apple Music. One of them is in the algorithm, where Spotify can find out the user’s mood based on the songs that are often played. Very interesting, right?

3. In-App Features

Still confused about choosing between Spotify or Apple Music? Maybe in terms of features you can determine. Yep, Apple Music is superior with cloud sharing features that make it easy to integrate between devices.

With this feature, users can play playlists of songs from one device to another. This is what Spotify does not have, if you access your Spotify account on a different device, the playlist will not be saved.

4. Collection of Songs and Content

Well, what you’ve been waiting for, a comparison of Spotify vs Apple Music from a collection of songs or content. Until now at least Spotify already has more than 70 million songs. While Apple Music about 75 million songs from various genres.

Although fewer, Spotify has a collection of podcasts from Indonesian artists and public figures. Unlike Apple Music, most of its podcast content is from outside artists who are not even very familiar.

5. Premium Subscription Fee

For new users, these two music streaming apps provide free access to the premium version for 30 days. After that, you have to pay a subscription fee with a variety of package options and different prices.

Below is a list of Apple Music and Spotify subscription fees for Student, Personal, and Family plans.

Apple Music                            Sportify

Personal IDR 49K                   Personal IDR 50K

Student IDR 29K                     Student IDR 25K

Family IDR 75K                      Family IDR 79K

Overall, in terms of the cost of Spotify vs Apple Music, there is no significant difference. Please choose which one you think is most suitable for the device and the choice of features offered

Spotify Advantage

1. Collection of quality songs and podcasts

2. Download feature to play music without internet connection

3. Ad-free

4. Free to jump to other songs without limit

5. The appearance of the application is pleasing to the eye

6. Play songs from most favorite or in order

7. Payment methods can be via credit

Apple Music Advantage

1. A more complete collection of songs

2. There is a live radio

3. Usually albums from musicians are released on Apple Music

4. The audio quality is pleasing to the ear

5. 1 account for multiple devices

6. Song Lyrics

7. There is a music video feature


After understanding the explanation above, actually Spotify and Apple Music have their respective advantages. However, universally it looks like Spotify is the champion. Moreover, registration and use is easier.

So, that’s the review that can convey about the comparison of Spotify vs Apple Music along with the advantages and disadvantages. In your opinion, which one is better?

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